Creating Simple Keys Learning Exercises To Experiment in FLS

This is a continuation of the last Post – again – thanks to Warren’s great lessons – this lesson for this Post:

This Post took his idea and simplified for my level and ability, to create a useful left hand exercise for myself that I can practice at a slow BPM of 105 to start, then possibly look at a right hind melody later that works over it so it could be learned as a single piece in future with both hands co-ordinated…hmm…time will tell on that one.

Once done, you can have some fun in FLS with the bass lines to see what comes out of Sytrus etc. The key thing for Sytrus arpeggiation is quantizing the start times of the notes accurately so the auto arps of Sytrus fire in time correctly. I error-ed showing that in the vid as I did quick quantize instead which also changes note lengths.

The skill to be developed is left hand arpeggiated 1-4-5 bass lines in Fmaj.

The IMPORTANT thing is you set a BPM that you can play and record in one take without errors BEFORE you build up speed later. It takes time to get used to moving between chords so don’t get impatient with yourself.

The FLS setup for Live mode recording is in the vid:

The main thing is just breaking up keys practice sessions across main study topics – scales, arps, chords, timing, DAW use (tech familiarity/exploration), music creation and physical learning/playing a complete exercise, section or whole piece pf music eventually.

It doesn’t matter if the final result of the FLS part is crap as music – it’s what you learned along the way and how you use that in future – like major 1-4-5 chord progressions (rock and roll/blues) make terrible tech/dance tracks in this example!

I found the TAP function also, for example, and the importance of start quant for sequence patches to fire on time as below:


The complete both hands exercise score – quantized and sped up then played back by Sytrus Ambient Echoes patch gives a very different result that’s quite pleasant, so shows experimentation is worth it:

Another skill learned or developed from this is scanning midi notes for errors on a live performance – I had to do this at DBS for some stuff JB the keys player did that was very out of time with bum notes  – hard work with a busy piece of keys to scan over many bars looking for small unwanted notes or those out of time when the piece is too complex or way out for bulk quntization to work properly in one go – like the highlighted bum note below: